Scientist M. Sanjayan: ‘saving nature is saving ourselves’


Sri Lankan-born conservation scientist M. Sanjayan has been working for years to get people to understand a very simple truism that bears repeating: People need nature to survive.

That axiom is the central pillar of his organization, Conservation International, which gently reminds people that we as people need Mother Nature more than she needs us.

“Nature, ultimately, can go on just fine without us; it’s been on the planet for billions of years,” he said.

“We desperately need nature,” he added. “Saving nature is really about saving ourselves.”

Climate change, Sanjayan says, is a curious challenge. Humans (most of them, anyhow) know the challenge is coming and understand the solutions. But getting to action is the tricky part.

“The biggest tragedy is not that we didn’t act, but that we knew and didn’t act,” he says.

12 days left until Fusion’s Riseup event on Nov. 19.

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